Gourmet Salts

Darn that Oprah. I was perusing the June issue of her magazine, and came upon the following item on her “O List”, a list of things people at the magazine just love; it is a collection of Hawaiian salts, some flavored. I love the presentation of it too – in test tubes with cork stoppers. So…

Chicken and Dumplings

Growing up, I always loved my Mom’s chicken and dumplings; however, she always used Bisquick drop biscuits rather than making her own. I’ve wanted to make it from scratch for some time, so here it is! True southern chicken and dumplings have no veggies in them – it’s really just chicken and dumplings in chicken…

Strawberry Blueberry Cobbler

This is a simple cobbler, but very good. I love it when fresh berries are in season! I’ve used strawberries and blueberries here, but most any fruit will do.  Ingredients 2 pints strawberries, hulled and quartered 1 pint blueberries 1 cup sugar, divided 1 tablespoon cornstarch ¾ cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½…

Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread

Cornbread is suprisingly divisive. In the U.S., The South generally prefers their cornbread sans sugar, while The North likes a little sweetness in their versions. I like both variations, myself, though the version here uses a bit of sugar. I was born and raised in Florida, which is almost as south as you can go in the continental US,…

Fast Friday – Roast Chicken Breast with Vegetables

You know how it is – long work week, it’s Friday night, you don’t feel like putting too much effort into cooking. Roast chicken breast (on the bone, please) with veggies is a great meal; it’s simple but satisfying. Here’s what I did:Combined about 2 tbsp. olive oil with some herbs – rosemary, thyme, threw…

Tacos al Pastor

We celebrated Cinco de Mayo by preparing a few Mexican dishes, including this one. A taco with no cheese? It’s delicious and fresh tasting. Tacos al Pastor (“shepherd style”) is a fusion, it seems, with roots back to Middle Eastern shawarma, brought to Mexico from Lebanese immigrants. This recipe calls for ground pork, though most…

Roasted Salsa Roja

This is a great salsa using roasted vegetables. The roasting adds a sweet and smoky layer of flavors that’s very nice. 3 tomatoes (aobut 1 1/2 pounds total); if using plum tomatoes, 6-8 depending upon size. Quarter and core the tomatoes. 1/3 cup chopped onion (1 small) 5 cloves garlic, peeled 1 fresh jalapeno chile…

Guacamole

There are a lot of guacamole recipes out there, but my husband Grant has come up with our “go to” version. It’s so fresh and good. If you’ve never made it from scratch, I encourage you to do so; the difference between this and the prepared versions you find in stores is tremendous! 3 ripe…

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

This is the best tomato soup recipe I’ve ever prepared; it tastes so fresh, and it’s healthy – there’s absolutely NO CREAM in this! It’s a recipe by Ina Garten, and the only change I make to it is to add some roasted garlic. I decided to throw a head of garlic in with the…